The Nintendo Switch Online subscription service will be kicking into gear later today, on September 18. Thanks to a tweet by the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, we now have an idea of roughly when in the day it'll launch.
As you can see just below, the Nintendo Switch e-Shop will be taken offline at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET later today. It'll then be unavailable for right around three hours (if all goes to plan), and after this period of downtime, the Nintendo Switch Online service will launch.
#NintendoSwitchOnline will launch later this evening. In preparation, Nintendo Switch eShop is scheduled for maintenance starting at 5pm PT and will be unavailable for up to 3 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. https://t.co/dZXaTFvHb4 pic.twitter.com/iV2a0RmGeHNintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 18, 2018
This means that the downtime for the Switch e-Shop should conclude right around 8 pm PT/11 pm ET. It's then that the subscription service will kick off, and you'll be able to initiate your seven day trial of the new feature, once you've downloaded the new system software update for your Nintendo Switch.
For a complete compilation of everything else we know about the brand new feature for the Nintendo Switch, including a list of all the NES games you'll be able to download at launch, head over to our Nintendo Switch Online guide.